Tooth Extraction Williamsport PA

Tooth Extractions An Overview

Although considered the treatment of last resort for tooth damage or decay, there are certain reasons for performing a tooth extraction that benefits long-term dental health. For example, tooth extractions can help resolve overcrowded teeth. They are also necessary when it comes to removing problematic wisdom teeth that are impacting the health or structure of your mouth. Additionally, tooth extraction may be part of an orthodontic treatment plan to realign the teeth if there is overlapping, overcrowding, or other bite-related concerns.

Dr. Kim can perform simple tooth extractions in the comfort of our Williamsport dental office. If your case is complex, as wisdom teeth can be, she will work with you to coordinate treatment with a local oral surgeon and follow up on your care.

Wisdom Teeth Removal in Williamsport, PA

Your wisdom teeth typically begin to grow in during your late teens and early twenties. They cause a variety of issues for your smile. When your wisdom teeth begin to grow, you may experience significant pain or discomfort if there is not enough room in your already-developed smile for additional teeth.

Your adult teeth may attempt to shift around to make space for the wisdom teeth, causing unwanted orthodontic issues. Additionally, because of the placement of wisdom teeth in the far back of the mouth, if allowed to grow in, wisdom teeth often quickly develop tooth decay because they are so difficult to clean during your at-home oral hygiene routine. For all of these reasons, Dr. Kim often recommends tooth extraction when treating patients with wisdom teeth development.

Tooth Extractions What to Expect

A simple tooth extraction is completed in one visit, with most patients being kept comfortable using a local anesthetic.

Once the area is cleaned and the patient feels relaxed and numb, Dr. Kim will gently release the small ligaments that attach the tooth to the gums. She will then rock the tooth back and forth in the socket until it slides out.

The open area will be rinsed, cleaned and then packed with gauze to prevent any debris from entering and causing an infection. If the tooth is not fully grown in, some soft tissue will need to be cut away to extract the affected tooth. If this occurs, the patient will be thoroughly numbed and should not experience any discomfort.

We will provide specific instructions for post-treatment care and if stitches were placed we will schedule your return for removal. Most patients will follow a soft diet for several days and can minimize pain and swelling with over the counter pain medications.

If you experience sudden pain, throbbing pain or a return of bleeding, contact our office immediately for advice on how to proceed.

Sedation Dentistry Options Available

Tooth extraction can cause patients some anxiety. Rest assured that Loyalsock Dental will do our best to keep you calm and comfortable through the entirety of your appointment. If you are anxious about an upcoming tooth extraction, ask Dr. Kim about our sedation dentistry services. Sedation dentistry may include oral sedation medication or the use of laughing gas. Both options will help patients relax during the procedure.

Tooth Extractions FAQs

How long does it take for the extraction site to heal?

For a simple tooth extraction, the empty socket should be mostly healed within three days. You shouldn’t have any bleeding and there shouldn’t be much swelling either. There might be some soreness, but it should be minimal.

For more extensive extractions, the healing times can vary. We’ll discuss the healing timeline with you before sending you home.

When can I eat after tooth extraction?

You can start eating a few hours after the procedure. For the first 24 hours, stick to mainly fluids or very soft foods like pudding. For the first 3 days, you should stick to soft foods and avoid anything very hot, as heat can impact the healing process. After three days, you can start eating normal foods. However, avoid very crunchy, sticky, or spicy foods for about two weeks.

How should I prepare for a tooth extraction?

There will be a certain amount of time where you should avoid eating before your procedure. We’ll give you a clear number based on the type of extraction and if sedation will be used. Wear something comfortable as well.

Is tooth extraction painful?

Our priority is ensuring that you’re comfortable throughout every aspect of the procedure. We start by discussing the steps with you and numbing the entire area where the tooth will be extracted. At most, patients usually just experience some pressure when we remove the tooth and some soreness when the anesthetic wears off.

Can I smoke after tooth extraction?

No, we advise against smoking during the recovery and healing process. It hinders the healing process and increases your chances of developing a dry socket, leading to a painful recovery. Avoid smoking for as long as you can, as it’ll greatly benefit healing.

Do I need a tooth extraction?

We try to conserve the natural tooth structure as much as possible. However, sometimes extraction is necessary. Your tooth may be too damaged or decayed to save. We also recommend extraction if the tooth can bring harm to the adjacent teeth.